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Scholarly Copy Citation Payload

Digital Copy is is not the same as analog copy, it also can include addressing and other information. This post addresses that, building on wordpress.liquid.info/10/citation-meta/frode/

The purpose of this document is to ascertain what is in the clipboard depending on where copies are made and subsequently how pasting can happen. The main difference is whether the clipboard will contain Addressing Information. User can act on the addressing information directly and search via citation information, as shown in the diagram below.

Cited Text Pasted into Author will be (as shown in the second column from the right):

  • Pasted As Citation
  • Pasted as Citation Attached to Text
  • Pasted as Citation free-standing

What is pasted depends on whether the citation information was accessed as a just citation information or whether it was copied with text from a Liquid | Reader or WordPress our plugin, in which case the citation will also have addressing information. If it is copied from within the Citation dialog in Author it may or may not have addressing information, depending on how the original citation was added.


Create document from Author with Visual-Meta.

Author publishes document to PDF or WordPress with Visual-Meta automatically attached. Please refer to Jacob Voß’s technical notes on this: https://gist.github.com/nichtich/c20d95f077df8a268f0ed6b60768b349

When publishing to WordPress, Author adds anchors to every paragraph, for the wordpress plugin to use when copying.
When publishing to PDF, Author adds page numbers, which the Reader can use for addressing.

Pasting Outside of Author

Reader pastes into email or Non-Scholarly Copy aware application and what is pasted is the selected text plus URL or document name plus author name and publication date, for a basic citation which can be followed with a click. Multiple versions of the clipboard is possible and we have it in Liquid | Flow and Liquid | Author since it’s possible currently to copy text from a web browser and paste it into Mail as just text, no options, or into Author as a citation–in other words Author can see an attached URL. This mechanism also allows users to copy the BibTeX Export format from download sites for legacy academic documents such as on this page and paste that with the same mechanism: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3349281# It is crucial for adoption that this paste looks good and is useful

Other ways to Link in Author

Copy and Paste from Legacy PDF



Copy and Paste Web Text or URL



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